Archie the duck frolics with a bottle of Bollinger. A funeral procession winds thr-ough the fields outside of what’s now Bonn, Germany. It’s around 14, 000 years ago. Life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. This being Germany, odds are it’s cold as well. Among the departed is a 17-month-old puppy who died from a tooth infection. It will be accorded the same burial privileges as the two deceased humans also to be buried, and will rest with them in a common grave until being chanced upon by This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 24 Man’s Best Friend For licking our friends and biting our enemies, we celebrate the endless loyalty of four-legged companions. Arts & Culture Issue 22 Working Lives of Cats First published in 1979, the book ‘Working Cats’ documents the cats that earn their keep. Arts & Culture Issue 14 How to Hibernate Humans may not be able to hibernate in the way some animals do, but we can find moments of brief respite from the season’s chill. Arts & Culture Issue 45 Yoga with Adriene The internet’s best friend is—finally—finding her own flow. Fashion Issue 45 Wildest Dream The case for camouflage. Arts & Culture Garden Issue 45 Piet Oudolf The Dutch designer bringing life—and death—to traditional gardens.